EU Priorities 2020 Archives

  • The Swedish EU Presidency

    Development Policy 01-07-2009

    Sweden assumes the EU's six-month rotating presidency from the Czech Republic on 1 July as Europe battles its most severe economic recession in decades and faces an uncertain institutional future. If the Lisbon Treaty enters into force before the end of the year, this could be history's last fully-fledged EU presidency.

  • 2009-2014: A centre-right European Parliament


    The 2009 European elections, held simultaneously in 27 countries for the first time in history, ended in a clear victory for the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) and a defeat for the Socialists.

  • 2009 European party manifestos at a glance


    EURACTIV provides an overview of the four main European parties' electoral manifestos, analysing their content and asking experts how they compare with previous efforts.

  • EU elections in Belgium: High turnout, little interest


    In the country hosting the EU institutions, European elections are held on the same day as regional elections, with local issues overshadowing the EU poll. Voting is compulsory in Belgium, and over 90% of the population usually participates in the ballot.

  • EU elections in Romania: Searching for a ‘captain’


    EU elections will take place in Romania on 7 June, but Romanian politicians and commentators admit that debates are being hijacked by disputes over the upcoming presidential poll, which is due in the autumn.

  • Bulgaria’s EU elections: Rehearsal for national poll


    EU elections will take place in Bulgaria on 7 June, less than a month ahead of parliamentary elections on 5 July, which will renew the 240-seat parliament and possibly change the format of the governing coalition, which has been in place for the last four years.

  • EU elections in France: Parties and programmes


    France's political parties are preparing to launch their campaigns for the European elections in June, despite internal squabbling over the composition of electoral lists within the ruling centre-right UMP and opposition Socialist parties - EURACTIV France offers an overview.

  • European Elections: Outlook for 2009


    While the European Parliament has gained extensive new powers since the first European elections were held thirty years ago, voter turnout has consistently fallen, calling into question the ability of EU politicians to reverse the trend for the 2009 elections.

  • The EU elections in the Czech Republic


    Amid gloomy EU surveys on voter turnout, recent opinion polls suggest that the Czech Republic could beat the odds with as many as 50% of registered voters planning to cast their ballot, or twice as much as during the last elections in 2004. Meanwhile, the economic crisis, energy issues and the future of the EU are predominant topics in all the parties' campaigns.

  • Slovakia: EU campaign influenced by local politics


    The European elections in Slovakia are being overshadowed by much-discussed presidential elections, which are delaying the beginning of the EU elections campaign - EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

  • The Czech EU Presidency


    Under the motto 'A Europe without barriers', the Czech Republic assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the EU from France on 1 January 2009. The country will have to deal with complex European and domestic problems, including the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty by the Czech parliament.

  • EU Treaty: What Next?


    Several scenarios have been suggested as a means of overcoming the crisis triggered by the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland. Here, EURACTIV gives an overview.

  • The French EU Presidency


    Under the motto "a more protective Europe", France takes over the rotating EU Presidency with an additional challenge – getting the EU out of an institutional crisis triggered by the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland.

  • The Irish EU Treaty referendum


    Irish voters rebuffed the EU's entire political class with a resounding 'no' to the draft Lisbon Treaty, throwing the Union into yet another political crisis.

  • Consumer communications: A more popular EU?

    Public Affairs 17-05-2008

    Consumer policy is moving up the European Commission's agenda as the EU becomes increasingly concerned about its popularity level among citizens.

  • Blogs: Filling the EU’s ‘communication gap’?

    Public Affairs 26-03-2008

    Recent years have seen the emergence of a wide variety of blogs on EU affairs, and even European commissioners have begun to post daily messages on their websites under José Manuel Barroso's tenure. But will blogs really lead to more intelligent European debate? 

  • Language use in the EU

    Languages & Culture 07-03-2008

    Promoting a multilingual economy, giving citizens access to European Union information in their own languages and encouraging linguistic diversity through language learning: these are the principles underpinning the Commission's multilingualism policy.

  • The Slovenian Presidency: In Brief


    The Slovenian Presidency will focus on Western Balkans relations, energy and climate change, and the implementation of the new Lisbon cycle for growth and jobs when it takes over the EU helm from 1 January 2008.

  • New approaches to researching public opinion


    Public opinion research is increasingly employed by politicians not just during election periods, but also to ensure public backing of important policy proposals. The Commission's revised strategy on communication seeks to introduce new methods of using the Eurobarometer, as public opinion research adapts to new communication technologies.

  • The Portuguese Presidency: In Brief


    The Portuguese Presidency, which took over at the EU's helm on 1 July 2007, will focus on concluding talks on an EU Reform Treaty, as well as the foreign policy agenda, with a particular focus on relations with Africa and Brazil.

  • Better Regulation

    Climate change 01-04-2007

    Simplifying and improving the EU regulatory environment is one of the Barroso Commission’s key instruments under the Lisbon Strategy to restore economic growth and create more jobs in Europe. Dubbed 'better regulation', the initiative could allow businesses to save billions of euro, according to the Commission, but progress up till now has been sluggish.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Back on the EU agenda?

    Social Europe & Jobs 07-02-2007

    The financial and economic crises have prompted companies to move away from 'business as usual' social models in an effort to behave more responsibly. The question now is whether the new European Commission will revive the debate on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) after a period of stagnation.

  • German EU Presidency: In Brief


    Germany takes over the EU Presidency from Finland on 1 January 2007. EURACTIV provides links to the priorities, key players and dates of the German Presidency.

  • Simplifying the CAP

    Agrifood 06-10-2006

    Further CAP reforms, such as abolishing outdated production quotas, eliminating country-specific arrangements and capping subsidies, will be inevitable in coming years, both to comply with the Commission's Better Regulation Agenda and to obtain a broader societal acceptance of the EU's farm policy. EU leaders have agreed to carry out a "health check" of the CAP in 2008.